I had a good week overall. Spent some quality time with my niece. She has her learners permit so I even let her drive. She did a great job. She has a good head on her shoulders. She helped me do some shopping for the house and of course picked up a few things for her and myself...LOL!
I'm a bit sad today. There was a patient at the nursing home who passed the other evening. She was on the younger side - mid 60s. As the staff was telling me, it seems the younger someone is when diagnosed with this dreadful disease the faster they seem to go. The staff does take it hard when someone passes as they become like family to many. I'm also sad as I can see changes with my mom's memory more so than previously. I was surprised this morning when my dad mentioned it to me over breakfast. All of a sudden he said, "your mom's memory has not been too good lately." and then got quiet. I could not deny it. My mom seems accepting of what she's going through which is good as she does not get upset. The recreational person was asking everyone this morning some simple questions about their lives and what they did in the past, my mom really struggled with the answers and I was surprised. Although I expect these things to happen, I guess my emotions were not ready for reality. I don't get upset in front of my dad, I wait until I'm alone in the car and shed a few tears as needed.
I don't remember mentioning this previously, but thought I would provide an interesting trip down memory lane. For as long as I remember my mom hung up a linen towel yearly calendar in the kitchen. When I started traveling, I purchased one for her as a Christmas present. I remember one year I forgot to purchase one and my mom was quite miffed. I went out to the local Hallmark store right after the holiday and got one. As I have been at the house for the past 18 months, I found that my mother hardly used any of the towels. As I did clean out some old towels and linens, I decided to start using the towels. It's been a walk down memory lane for me. The oldest towel I found was 1988. Do you have any items that bring back happy memories each time you see them?
Funny story from this past week. I finally had the dryer vent cleaned at my parent's house. Apparently, it has never been cleaned. There was enough lint built up between the machine and the outside vent (which is not a very big space) to fill a pillow. The man was telling me horror stories of some places so I felt good that I got it done. Miraculously, the dryer is working much better! Papa just noticed today and then he said, "how come you can get guys to come out to the house and I can't?" I did not have a response for that so I just smiled.
I have not finished any books this week as I did not have enough time to stop and read. Last week I forgot to mention I watched a movie: "The Imitation Game" It's set in 1939 and about Alan Turing a mathematician who worked with the newly created MI6 to crack the Nazi codes. His machine was the prelude to the computer. It was good and I learned a lot. I also watched "W" about President George W. Bush. I won't say it was the best movie I have ever seen, but it was an interesting look as his life. Have you read anything interesting lately?
I am going to leave it here for today. I hope you have a wonderful week. I'll be busy trying to get all the stuff done I need to get done. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe
"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." Mark Twain
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." Albert Einstein
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